DENVER, CO – The House today passed a bill that aims to improve the state’s response to missing and murdered Indigenous individuals to help prevent crime and improve public safety. SB22-150 sponsored by Representatives Leslie Herod and Monica Duran, passed the House by a vote of 45 to 20.
“The data is clear and devastating, Indigenous people are far more likely to be the victims of crimes the cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people go unsolved at a far higher rate,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver. “Colorado must improve how we respond to the cases of missing and murdered indigenous relatives. That’s what this bill would do by ensuring relatives get the responses and justice they deserve. We’re standing with the Indigenous community so they can get the justice they deserve.”
“It’s critical we address the high rates of violent crime against Indigenous women and children,” said Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge. “Our bill works to improve coordination, response and communications surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives so we can create a comprehensive and strong response to this crisis.”
SB22-150 would improve coordination, response, communication, and awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) cases. More than 4 out of 5 Indigenous people in the United States experience violent crime during their lifetime, a rate disproportionately higher than any other segment of the population.
SB22-150 aims to improve responses to MMIR cases, provide better support for Indigenous communities, and better serve families of MMIR. It would establish an MMIR alert system and improve data tracking regarding MMIR cases while ensuring interagency coordination, allowing for a more effective and robust response. It would also require MMIR training for first responders and implement a public awareness campaign to raise awareness around MMIR issues.